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12 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 7, 1999

Harder than it looks,...
As the Daily football writers have proved throughout this season, it is very-difficult and sometimes
downright impossible to forecast the wacky, wacky world of college football on a weekly basis.
But if there's one thing harder than making the weekly picks, it's trying to predict outcomes before
the season even begins. Consider this: Tennessee, which finished the season as undefeated national
champions, wasn't even in the top five at the beginning of the season. And Arizona State, which
finished a laughable 5-6, was considered a national title contender in early September.
Here's a look at the Daily football writers' preseason prognostications and how they compare with
the actual results.

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ACTUAL RESULT

Big Ten order of finish
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
National Champion
National Player of the Year*

Ohio State
Wisconsin
Michigan
Purdue
Penn State
Michigan State
Minnesota
Indiana
Illinois
Iowa
Northwestern
Tennessee
Ricky Williams, Texas

Ohio State
Michigan
Wisconsin
Penn State
Purdue
Northwestern
Michigan State
Iowa
Minnesota
illinois
Indiana
Ohio State

Ohio State
Michigan
Penn State
Wisconsin
Purdue
Iowa
Northwestern
Michigan State
Minnesota
Illinois
Indiana
Florida State

MARK SNYDER
Michigan
Ohio State
Wisconsin
Iowa
Purdue
Penn State
Michigan State
Northwestern
Indiana
Minnesota
Illinois
UCLA
Tim Couch, Ky.

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Daunte Culpepper, Cent. Fla. Williams

Nat'l Def. Player of the Year^ Dat Nguyen, Tex. A&M Dre Bly, North Carolina Andy Katzenmoyer, OSU Katzenmoyer

Heisman Trophy winner
Big Ten Coach of the Year B
* Denotes Maxwell Award winner

Williams

Williams

J.R. Redmond, ASU Donovan McNabb, Syr.

arry Alvarez, Wise. John Cooper, OSU

Cooper

Alvarez

^ Denotes Chuck Bednarik Award winner

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Stowe's departure means
more playing time for others

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By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
She was the first player that Sue
Guevara brought to Michigan, and she
would be the first to leave.
The winter semester brought not only
the Big Ten season, but also the loss of
sophomore Mandy Stowe to the
women's basketball team.
Stowe cited displeasure with the pro-
gram as the reason for her departure.
That displeasure came from a lack of
playing time and an unfulfilled desire to
be a starter.
Stowe had been unhappy last year,
coach Sue Guevara said. She found her-
self competing for time with former
Wolverine and current WNBA player
Pollyanna Johns, as well as former play-
ers such as Tiffany Willard and Molly
Murray.
"This had been something that I had
been seeing for a while", Guevara said.
"Everyone has bigger aspirations, and
their role changes are sometimes hard to
accept. If you're not happy, you do what
you can to go somewhere else and be
successful"
And that is exactly what Guevara told
Stowe.
Guevara knew of Stowe's dissatisfac-
tion, and she also heard a rumor that
Stowe might leave. Guevara presented
Stowe with what she knew, and the

rumor was confirmed.
Stowe then chose not to make the trip
with the team to Bowling Green,
remaining here to think about her deci-
sion. When the team returned, Stowe
had decided to leave.
"I probably could have talked her into
staying," Guevara said. "But I could not
promise her what she
wanted. You earn
playing time in prac-
tice and I was going
on who was doing
what in practice."
With four fresh-
men performing
incredibly well, and
the experience from
Stowe last year's NCAA
tournament team,
there were just not enough minutes to go
around. And Stowe, who Guevara thinks
has a chance to find a starting role in the
post position for another team, seemed
to be a victim of what may have been
too much depth.
So, how will Stowe's departure affect
the team?
Since her playing time was limited,
her absence won't have a major effect on
the Wolverines. Stowe was not the first
or even the second post player on the
depth chart.
"The loss of Stowe doesn't necessari-

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ly affect our depth because she was not
playing." Guevara said. "Everyone is
getting more playing time now."
So far this season, that playing time
has been pretty well dispersed. The
Wolverines have gone through many
starting lineups, finding that one of
experience seems to give the team its
most energy.
All of the freshmen are seeing signif-
icant minutes and Guevara said that the
will be seeing even more beginning wi
the team's crucial games this weekend.
She added that if more playing time is
wanted, the players know what to do.
"My players know their roles,"
Guevara said. "If they want more play-
ing time, all they have to do is come talk
to me."
But for Stowe those needs were not
able to be met. Stowe will stay at
Michigan and take classes this semest*
and then transfer next year. NCAA rules
require her to sit out for the first year at
the school she chooses.
And this weekend, everyone will be
able to see those extra minutes that
Stowe left behind.
The Wolverines have back-to-back
games this weekend as they face their
toughest competition yet this season
against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, and
then against Big Ten foe Minnesota on
Sunday.
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Continued from Page 11
Sammy Sosa is elected 'el presi-
dente' of the Dominican Republic
and mayor of Chicago at the same
time.
Marcus Ray is drafted in the sixth
round. By the CFL.
The crew teams continue to be a4
good as other schools' varsity pro-
grams. And that they continue to
tell the Daily about how great they
in fact are.
Louis Bullock takes 45 shots in a
single game, but nOt a single one of
them from inside the 3-point arc.
Ohio State embarrasses Michigan
in the Quiz Bowl, but losses miser-
ably in a battle of two undefeated
football teams, en route to the Rose
Bowl.
The Varsity Tennis Center moves
closer to campus.
Notre -Dame doesn't join the Big
Ten.
Kansas doesn't choke in the Final
Four.
Ron Dayne doesn't win the
Heisman Trophy, losing it to
Georgia's cornerback/wide receiver,
Champ Bailey.
Tom Goss gives the nod to
women's hockey and men's soccer
to become varsity sports, further
angering men's crew, men's and
women's lacrosse, men's and
women's rugby and ultimate frisbee
teams.

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